Serenity

“So, here I am, sober. Successful. Serene. Just a few of the gifts of the program for surrendering, suiting up, and showing up for life every day. Good days and bad days, reality is a wild ride, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I don’t question how this program works. I trust in my God, stay involved in AA service, go to lots of meetings, work with others, and practice the principles of the Steps to the best of my willingness each day. I don’t know which of these keeps me sober, and I’m not about to try to find out. It’s worked for quite a few days now, so I think I’ll try it again tomorrow.”
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous
Fourth Edition, p. 337

Thought to Consider . . .

Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.

AACRONYMS

K I S S = Keep It Simple; Surrender Continue reading “Serenity”

A New Notion

“The idea that religion and spirituality were not one and the same was a new notion. My sponsor asked that I merely remain open-minded to the possibility that there was a Power greater than myself, one of my own understanding. He assured me that no person was going to impose a belief system on me, that it was a personal matter. Reluctantly, I opened my mind to the fact that maybe, just maybe, there was something to this spiritual lifestyle. Slowly, but surely, I realized there was indeed a Power greater than myself, and I soon found myself with a full-time God in my life and following a spiritual path that didn’t conflict with my personal religious convictions.”
c. 2001AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 287

Thought to Consider . . .

God enters us through our wounds.

AACRONYMS

S W A T = Surrender, Willingness, Acceptance, Trust Continue reading “A New Notion”

Rewards

“The rewards of sobriety are bountiful and as progressive as the disease they counteract. Certainly among these rewards for me are release from the prison of uniqueness, and the realization that participation in the AA way of life is a blessing and a privilege beyond estimate — a blessing to live a life free from the pain and degradation of drinking and filled with the joy of useful, sober living, and a privilege to grow in sobriety one day at a time and bring the message of hope as it was brought to me.”
From the new Fourth Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous
AA Grapevine, December 2001, p. 47

Thought to Consider . . .

Sobriety is a choice and a treasure.
AACRONYMS

G I F T S = Getting It From The Steps. Continue reading “Rewards”

Grandiosity

“In my teens, I had to be an athlete because I was not an athlete. I had to be a musician because I could not carry a tune. I had to be first in everything because in my perverse heart I felt myself the least of God’s creatures. I could not accept my deep sense of inferiority, and so I strove to become captain of the baseball team, and I did learn to play the fiddle. Lead I must — or else. This was the ‘all or nothing’ kind of demand that later did me in.”
– Bill W., AA Comes of Age, p. 53
1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 214

Thought to Consider . . .

We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

AACRONYMS

N U T S = Not Using The Steps. Continue reading “Grandiosity”

Action

“But the program of action, though entirely sensible, was pretty drastic. It meant I would have to throw several lifelong conceptions out of the window. That was not easy. But the moment I made up my mind to go through with the process, I had the curious feeling that my alcoholic condition was relieved, as in fact it proved to be. Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems.”
c. 1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 42
Thought to Consider . . .
Never mistake motion for action.
AACRONYMS

A C T I O N = Any Change Toward Improving One’s Nature Continue reading “Action”

Perfection

“Day by day, we try to move a little toward God’s perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt for failure to achieve His likeness and image by Thursday next. Progress is our aim, and His perfection is the beacon, light-years away, that draws us on.”
Bill W., Letter, 1966
c. 1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 15

Thought to Consider . . .

Remember the 3 P’s:
Perfectionism (leads to) Procrastination (leads to) Paralysis.
AACRONYMS

P U T = Patience, Understanding, Tolerance. Continue reading “Perfection”